I’ve always admired those with the ability to draw. I pretty much thought it was some mystical gift bestowed from the heavens.
Although some people might be born with this amazing gift, I now know a secret… Anyone can learn to draw with lots and lots of practice. I know, it sounds cliche - but it’s true. It’s true of most things in life actually - don’t limit yourself! steps off soapbox.
Whether a gift, hours and hours of hard work or both - It’s incredibly admirable (and I still think you might be some sort of god) but now it seems attainable too.
I considered myself an animator who can’t draw - I still am! But, I know I’m not alone. Heck, there is a whole course on Udemy about it: Sketching for Animators Who Can’t Draw and even Lord and Savior Beeple claims he can’t draw.
Anyway, ever since I discovered that this is a skill that can be learned I have been on a quest..! I’m slowly getting better and enjoying every minute of it. In case you would like to join me on this quest, the following is a list of resources that have been helping me along the way:
Udemy - The Ultimate Drawing Course - Jaysen Batchelor.
This is the course that started it all for me. I love his teaching style and in one of the early lessons he guides you through drawing an eye. It’s not great but this is the FIRST thing I ever tried to draw that wasn’t a stick figure:
I seriously sat back in shock. I needed MORE!
Jaysen Batchelor has other courses on Udemy as well. They are all amazing and very helpful and if you are just beginning in your drawing journey - I would definitely recommend starting here.
2. Udemy - Anatomy and Figure Drawing for Beginners - Rich Grayson
I’m still slowly working my way through this one but it is also incredibly helpful!
3. Brad Colbow -
His YouTube channel helped me start creating characters for explainer videos, that I was making at the time, on Procreate (iPad) - which saved me a ton of time. Creating on the go? Yes please. He has Udemy courses as well (Are you sensing a theme here?) and also managed to sell me my Dell Canvas - which I love very much.
4. Skillshare -
This site has been huge and totally worth the subscription price to me. I’ve watched courses on everything from drawing, painting, flash, toon boom, animation, cinema 4D to yoga!
Are there any sites that you have used that I am missing? I am always looking to learn more!
I will update this list in the future. In the meantime, if you decide to start learning how to draw or furthering your skills, I would love to hear how it’s going. It’s dangerous to go alone ;)
~Love your friendly, neighbourhood animator who can’t draw - yet